Facilitating open access to information: a community approach to open education and open textbooks

Stagg, Adrian and Partridge, Helen (2019) Facilitating open access to information: a community approach to open education and open textbooks. In: 82nd Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting: Information...Anyone, Anywhere, Any Time, Any Way, 19-23 Oct 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

Access to information as a necessary precondition for human flourishing is recognized explicitly in the UNESCO Strategic Development Goals, and mirrored by the work of universities globally to reduce barriers to information, especially research outputs. Growing international attention has turned to learning and teaching resources, particularly textbooks as a key barrier to fully engaging with, and participating in, higher education. The affordances of open texts provide an alternative to commercially published and often exclusionary access
practices; and empower educators and students in co-creation and open sharing of information and knowledge. This paper examines the design of an ongoing institutional grants program predicated on a facilitated community learning approach for academic staff seeking to adopt, or adapt open textbooks into the curriculum as one mechanism to increase access to information. The participants’ experiences and personal learning were captured through a series of semi-structured interviews that inform the iterative design of the ongoing grants program that could be transferred to other
institutions seeking to support educational change.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
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Additional Information: Copyright© (2019) by the Authors. Author(s) retain copyright, but ASIS&T receives an exclusive publication license.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (1 Jan 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (1 Jan 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2021 03:15
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2021 03:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: open educational resources; open textbooks; higher education access; information access; theory of educational change
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.00076
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42308

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